Denise says:

  • This simple pasta dish is a great way to eat purple sprouting broccoli and is full of fresh zingy flavours of chilli and lemon to pick you up midweek.
  • Poor man's Parmesan, or pangrattato, is breadcrumbs fried with garlic and chilli. It's traditionally used to sprinkle over pasta. You could also use it on salads, fish or chicken.
  • Preparation Time 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Serves:  2 people


  • 200g linguine (or use spaghetti)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp coarse breadcrumbs
  • finely grated zest of ½ lemon
  • ½-1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 200g purple sprouting broccoli, cut into even-sized pieces if large
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper


  1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to the packet.
  2. Meanwhile, gently heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a pan, add the garlic and breadcrumbs and stir until crispy. Stir in the lemon zest and chilli.
  3.  Steam or boil the broccoli for 4 minutes until tender.
  4.  Drain the pasta and stir in a good drizzle of olive oil and the parsley. Toss with the broccoli and breadcrumbs. Season to taste.